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The Solidarity Center provides training and support for domestic workers in Mexico, who have won key rights in the nation’s labor laws. Credit: Canal del Congreso

The Solidarity Center and our allies in Mexico work to strengthen the organizing and bargaining capacity of unions and grassroots organizations and to empower workers, especially women, to stand up for their rights at work, at home and in their communities.

One of the biggest obstacles to freedom of association for workers in Mexico is the prevalence of “employer protection contracts,” which prevent creation of truly representative unions. Protection contracts, which comprise nearly all union contracts, are negotiated without the knowledge and/or consent of workers and are often in place in a factory before workers are hired.

Despite the obstacles, a handful of independent grassroots worker organizations has emerged. The Solidarity Center provides training and support for domestic workers, who formed the country’s first domestic worker union and gained unprecedented legal rights in Mexico’s constitution.

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[National Public Radio] Jailing of Labor Activist Raises Concerns About Mexico’s Readiness for USMCA

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Breaking Ground: Mexico’s Miners Push For Worker Rights

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Roles for Workers and Unions in Regulating Labor Recruitment in Mexico (2015)

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The Struggle for Worker Rights in Mexico (2003)

The Struggle for Worker Rights in Mexico (2003)

The first report in the Solidarity Center's "Justice for All" series, takes a hard look at Mexico’s century-long fight for independent, democratic trade unions and social justice. Author Lance Compa puts Mexico’s labor law and practice to the test against...

Mexico’s New Labor Law Has Potential; Must Be Enforced

Mexico’s New Labor Law Has Potential; Must Be Enforced

Mexico’s stubbornly low wages and its complex industrial-relations system that denies workers their right to freedom of association and robs them of the ability to demand better wages and working conditions were front and center at a House Ways and Means subcommittee...

Domestic Workers in Mexico Win Landmark Rights Law

Domestic Workers in Mexico Win Landmark Rights Law

Legislation requiring written contracts, paid vacation and annual bonuses for domestic workers passed Mexico’s House and Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The landmark law, which also prohibits employers from hiring...

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